DJI’s Mavic Air is touted as the ultimate portable 4K drone, and it’s being offered for just $699.99 shipped brand new, today only, originally $799. It’s the most portable DJI drone to house a 3-axis mechanical gimbal, with its angular vibration range reduced to 0.005°. Set in a triangular formation, gimbal dampeners help create even steadier shots. The Mavic Air shoots video at an incredible 4K 30 fps, recording at 100 Mbps to capture every second with UHD quality. Product page. Read more for a video explaining why it’s better than the Mavic Pro.
The problem with most high-rise rescues is that many times it’s too dangerous for even helicopters, much less emergency workers, to reach the victim(s). Introducing NET GUARD, an autonomous UAV drone system created by students in Guangzhou, China. It’s mainly designed for high-rise fire emergencies, and when a distress signal is received, it uses GPS to pinpoint the exact location of the fire before deploying. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Astro Elroy sounds like something straight from “The Jetsons”, but it’s real, and this passenger drone also provides fully autonomous flight should the need arise (package deliveries, etc.). It boasts adaptive flight control, fiber optic internal communications, field-oriented motor control, and encrypted communication channels. Want it to take you somewhere? Simply punch in the destinations on the Glass Cockpit Avionics flight support, which uses a secure 4G network to transmit data. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Here’s another look at Koncepto Millenya, a flying vehicle that was handcrafted by Filipino inventor Kyxz Mendiola over the past six years. It makes use of 16 motors, 16 propellers, and 16 computers, with the initial carbon fiber prototype capable of flying at up to 20 feet, while offering enough power for a flight time of 10-15 minutes. Continue reading for another video and more information.
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Despite their minuscule size, these was-inspired FlyCroTug (Flying Micro Tugging Robots) drones, developed by researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland in collaboration with Stanford University, can pull up to 40-times their own weight. This is made possible using a system of winches, adhesives and microspines, enabling them to latch onto just about anything. Its grippers can be adjusted depending on the landing surface, and thanks to its modular design, you’ll also be able to quickly install additional accessories when required. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Fujifilm’s Instax camera lineup is great for casual use, but what if you strapped one onto a drone? Photographer and drone specialist Trent Siggard did just that, and the result is a portable flying machine that can take beautiful aerial instant photos. “I had an extra 500mm quadcopter frame collecting dust and knew it was the perfect platform for this project. I used some spare parts from Open Grove Raceway including a DJI Naza V2 flight controller and some old UBAD 20a ESC’s to get it flying. After a successful test flight, I had to mount the instant camera,” said Trent. Continue reading for some of the photos he took.
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Not just any drone, the B-Drone was designed for emergency situations and / or disaster zones. It’s been said that you’re most likely to find survivors within 72-hours, and to accomplish that, this drone can deploy four smaller drones that can easily maneuver through inaccessible spaces, thus covering large areas far quicker than with humans. Continue reading for more pictures.
The problem with most drones is that they’re not the easiest to transport, but the Xenon Adventure Drone aims to change that with its modular design that can be stored in a tiny box when broken down. That’s right, the two separate sections stack together and are attached to each other securely using magnets. Simply snap the pieces together, and you’re ready to fly. The container can be used as a handheld launching platform. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Ever wonder what could happen if a drone were to crash into a plane in mid-air? Researchers at the University of Dayton Research Institute wanted to find out, so they launched a DJI Phantom 4 drone into the sky from a cannon, which then crashed into a Mooney M20 airplane. This experiment was designed to mimic a midair collision between a 2.1-lb drone and an airplane at a speed of 238 miles per hour. Continue reading for another drone plane close-call compilation and more information.
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Designed by Germany-based studio PEARL Creative, the KARLSSON Smart Companion is basically a wearable drone that is worn just like a watch. When not in use, it functions similar to a smart watch, allowing users to track sports activities, but at the push of a button, the face transforms into a miniature drone that can be deployed in seconds. “KARLSSON consists of two elements. The basis is a minimalistic wrist strap that primarily serves as the ‘landing platform’ for a flight-capable smart unit. In autonomous flight mode, KARLSSON expands the possibilities of a conventional smartwatch with a multitude of new functions,” said the studio. Continue reading for more pictures and information.